The Brundtland Commission and Sustainable Development on the North Shore
I met UN Ambassador Maurice Strong in the spring of 1988 (either February or March, I cannot remember) after he had given the lead talk at a public policy forum in Vancouver. He had been a Canadian representative at the Brundtland Commission on Sustainable Development.
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The Ambassador challenged me to see sustainable development ideas implemented at a region level. With the full support and cooperation of the three Municipalities on the North Shore, North and West Vancouver, as well as the Provincial and Federal Governments we achieved some remarkable results in the area of environmental protection and sustainable economic development (a science and technology strategy and the establishment of the Billion dollar a year film industry in BC). Our achievements became models for similar initiatives elsewhere in Canada. The North Shore was and continues to be at the cutting edge of sustainable development.
It is worth remembering that in April 1986 the Chernobyl incident occured, when Soviet mismanagement during a "safety test" resulted in Chernobyl 4 exploding (refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster). The Brudtland Commission undertook their deliberations in the shadow of the Chernobyl Disaster.
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